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The Line: Border Update

Line Border Update

August 2, 2019 –  According to Jens Erik Gould, a reporter with the Santa Fe New Mexican, most asylum-seekers at the border will not qualify.  Yet migrants still stream through the border, as the Trump administration crafts a deal with Guatemala to first handle asylees passing through that Central American country from nearby El Salvador and Honduras.  Gene Grant and The Line look at border-issue updates.

Line Panelists:
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dan Foley, former state representative
Christine Sierra, UNM political science professor emerita
Harry Van Buren, UNM Anderson School of Management

For Further Reading:

Santa Fe New Mexican migrant series by reporter Jens Erik Gould

Donald Trump Jr. visits private border wall amid immigration crisis, Mueller aftermathThe Texas Tribune

ACLU: U.S. has taken nearly 1,000 child migrants from their parents since judge ordered stop to border separationsThe Washington Post

Guatemala signs migration deal with US after Trump threats – BBC News

These Seesaws Were Built Across The U.S.-Mexico Border To Let Children Play Together – HuffPost

History of Civil Wars in Central America Impact Current Migrant Crisis

1301 El Salvador Civil War

July 5, 2019 – The migrant crisis facing New Mexico and the nation has a number of causes and origins. One of them is a history of devastating civil wars in Central America throughout the 1980s. Todd Greentree knows all about that history, serving as a political officer in the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador during the Reagan administration. He also served in Angola and other conflict zones, and currently serves as a Brigade Political Advisor in Afghanistan. Greentree is author of the book “Crossroads of Intervention: Insurgency and Counterinsurgency Lessons from Central America.” He sat down recently with NMiF Correspondent Russell Contreras to talk about that turbulent history and what it means for solving the current migrant crisis.



Todd Greentree, National Security Advisor and Former Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador

For Further Reading:

Crossroads of Intervention: Insurgency and Counterinsurgency Lessons from Central America

New Push for Justice after 4 Dutch Journalists Slain in 1982, Daily Herald 

America’s Role in El Salvador’s Deterioration, The Atlantic